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DFS Moscatel de Setubal Superiore 2008
Moscatel de Setubal
Moscatel de Setubal 100%
Domingos Soares Franco
This honey coloured, fortified wine of the Portuguese aromatic variety Moscatel de Setubal offers rich aromas of banana, ripe pear and nougat. On the palate they are joined by flavours of pine nuts, almonds in caramelised sugar and other nuts. The finish is long and dreamy.
Just like Port wines, the fermentation for this DSF Moscatel de Setubal Superiore 2008 Armagnac was halted by adding brandy. In this case the brandy came from the Armagnac region in France, hence the name. The fermenting wine was on the grapes' skins of three months. Aged in used oak for more than ten years, the wine was bottled in 2020. No aging in bottle is necessary, because it does not improve after bottling. Drink it as an aperitif at 10 degrees Celsius or as a dessert wine at 16 degrees Celsius.
Domingos Soares Franco, winemaker and vice-president, is the youngest of the two representatives of the sixth generation of the family that manages José Maria da Fonseca. He studied in Davis, California, and started working at José Maria da Fonseca in the 1980s. Since then, he has introduced several changes into the wines produced by this company, becoming one of the most innovative new-generation winemakers in Portugal. As a winemaker, his first major influence was undoubtedly that of his father Fernando Soares Franco. His uncle, António Porto Soares Franco, a man of great vision, also influences him tremendously, among other important achievements, he deserves to be recognized as the creator of Lancers, one of the best known Portuguese wines around the world and José Maria da Fonseca’s first international "best seller".
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